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“A good book isn't written, it's rewritten.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Guide to Fiction Writing
“There's only one good reason to be a writer-we can't help it! We'd all like to be rich, famous and successful, but if those are our goals, we're off on a wrong foot...I just wanted to earn enough money so I could work at home on my writing.”
Phyllis Whitney
“You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like.”
Phyllis A. Whitney
“Broken hearts mend. It’s a lot harder to mend broken lives.”
Phyllis A. Whitney
“As good as' always spells mediocrity. But when a writer's work is in competition with all those thousands of other manuscripts that pour over an editor's desk, he cannot afford to be 'as good as'; he (or she) must be 'better than.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Guide to Fiction Writing
“Reading" had always been my lifeline-- an escape to that imaginary world where hurts were fictional and endings happy...”
Phyllis Whitney
“You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist, you are learning your craft -- then you can add all the genius you like.”
Phyllis Whitney
“Good stories are not written, they are rewritten”
Phyllis A. Whitney
“Problem, purpose, conflict, goal. Use them. Think about them while you are in the planning phase of your novel; keep these elements at the back of your mind to guide you while you write. When you have written a scene, make sure they are all there, or that if one or another is missing, it is intentional and the effect is what you want.”
Phyllis A. Whitney
“I suppose we run into accidents and coincidences every day. What matters are the choices we make. If we let an important chance slip by without even trying, then what do we have?”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Dream of Orchids
“How foolishly we all bound ourselves into the very chains that could destroy us.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Dream of Orchids
“Amalie”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Lost Island
“When the hurting stops, death becomes final, so we cling to pain.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Dream of Orchids
“The giving of love took nothing from others.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Dream of Orchids
“Most of my writing has been concerned with understanding between people. Whether of different races, or religions, or even in the same family I tried in my books...to deal with the subject of understanding the other fellow.”
Phyllis A. Whitney
“Obsessions never count the cost.”
Phyllis A. Whitney, Dream of Orchids


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